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Employment law news – Agency workers to receive better deal

20th December 2011

For example, on October 1 The Agency Workers Regulations came into force, giving temporary workers the same pay and benefits rights as full-time workers after they have been 12 weeks in a job.

With this 12-week period having already passed on December 24, it is still unclear just how much the nation’s temporary workers have been affected.

Many unions and employment law solicitors have hailed the changes as positive, with Billy Hayes, the general secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), describing them as the “best possible Christmas present” for agency workers.

Under the changes, agency workers will be entitled to holidays, sick pay and maternity leave after twelve weeks in a job.

In other employment law news this week, a number of employment dispute solicitors have criticised government plans to introduce initiation charges for Employment Tribunals, saying they could restrict access to justice for hard-up private clients.

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